“Nothing like going to sleep at night and resting.”
Ken Cargle, Owner, Goodcare Services 2008 Winner Small Business category
“Your business will not grow,Your business will not succeed,If you are not ethical.”
Steve Berner, Owner, Rabern Rentals 2008 Finalist Medium Business category
"For any business to be recognized for its integrity and ethics is the highest accolade it could receive. You have, therefore, complimented us for taking care of our customer, and that’s the nicest thing you can say to a banker." J. Pat Hickman, Chairman & CEO, Happy State Bank. 2007 Winner Large Business category.
"What an honor to be the recipient of the prestigious BBB Torch Award for 2006. There is really only one reason I was able to accept the award on behalf of United Supermarkets -- that is because every day, almost 9,000 team members in our company commit to doing what is right, what feels good and what they love doing: "Ultimate Service, Superior Performance, Positive Impact." When you filter out all the distractions, nothing really matters more than taking care of one another. No profit or gain can substitute for what you see when you look in the mirror and can honestly say you have really tried to make a difference in the lives of others. Our team members know the secret -- we are made in such a way that we feel the best and we enjoy ourselves the most when we are doing for others. What we call service, what we call ethics, what we call excellence... they just call living. They are our heroes. They are our spirit. They are our torch. Today I thank them & I thank you for honoring them. " Greg Ammons, Regional Vice President, United Supermarkets, Ltd. 2006 Winner Large Business category. 2001 Winner Large Business category.
"Being a part of the Automotive Industry we were pleased and honored to be nominated. All forty of our employees were anxiously awaiting the announcement of this year’s Torch Award winners. Being a service oriented business we are thrilled to have won on behalf of our employees and especially our customers." Isaac Walker, Stevens 5 Star Car & Truck Center. 2006 Winner Medium Business category. 2001 Winner Medium Business category.
"It is truly an honor and the highest compliment to be recognized for our strong ethics, professionalism and integrity in how we provide our services to our borrowers, schools and lenders, but it is also a reflection of how we conduct ourselves among our family of employees and in the community." Terry Langehennig President / CEO, Panhandle-Plains Student Loan Center. 2006 Finalist, Large Business Category.
"Our business was founded on ethical business practices. We strongly believe in the Golden Rule: Treat others in a way that you would like to be treated. To be honored with winning the Torch Award for Business Ethics not only once but twice confirms our commitment to ethics as the foundation of our business." Jerry Stevens, Stevens 5-Star Car & Truck Center. 2006 Winner Medium Business category. 2001 Winner Medium Business category.
“Undoubtedly the most prestigious award on the local level.”
Matt Edwards, Store Director, United Supermarkets 2006 & 2001 Winner Large Business category
"It is very rewarding for me to have employees with integrity that I can count on every day. As an owner I rely on these people to represent the company, pursue its goals, and to develop our industry. This is its own reward. To be recognized by our customers and peers as one of the finalists is overwhelming. This is one of the many ways we are rewarded for doing our best and we greatly appreciate the hard work the Better Business Bureau puts into this every year. " Brooke Furrh, Custom Gardens. 2006 Finalist Medium Business category.
"As a company, we are very honored to have been chosen as a 2005 BBB Torch Award Winner. The selection process is very rigorous and impartial, which makes the award even more valuable. I believe being recognized for our business ethics is the highest honor we could achieve in our community. It is recognition of the high degree of integrity that our associates work very hard to achieve everyday with our customers, each other and our vendors. That degree of respect can only be achieved over a long period of time. The honor of being recognized for a core value that has been built upon for many years is the culmination of the efforts established long ago by our founder, W. E. Scott, Sr. and the ongoing belief and practice of each of our associates. I hope that other businesses in our community will set the same goals for their companies in the competitive society that we all live in. By establishing a high level of business ethics in our community, the community will always be a place in the world where consumers can truly feel safe and secure purchasing goods and services, which in turn continues to make the Texas panhandle a shining star in our country as a wonderful place to do business, to live and raise our families." Brad Martin, President, Scottco Mechanical Contractors, Inc. 2005 Winner Medium Business category.
"We are deeply honored to have been chosen from among so many outstanding businesses for the Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics. To be selected by our peers for marketplace ethics is an overwhelming compliment of our treatment of others and the manner in which we conduct our business. We are so blessed to have such supportive families, friends, customers, and a very unique trade area. It's what we do with the time given to us that matters most in our dealings with other people." Fred Barksdale, AHC, Manager of Royal Architectural Products, Ltd., 2005 Winner Small Business Category
"There is no better advertising than to be nominated for the BBB Torch Award for market place ethics. The BBB logo is highly recognizable and clearly exemplifies honesty, integrity and commitment to ethical business practices. We are extremely honored to be a finalist and to be recognized as one of THE GOOD GUYS." Diana Esch, Manager of Palo Duro Retirement Village in Canyon, 2004 Finalist Medium Business Category.
“I have been in business for 35 years and have had many awards and recognitions, winning the Torch Award for the Texas Panhandle was the highest honor I have ever received. This was an exciting event for our business and all of our employees”, Conny Moore, Owner of Moore’s Pharmacy in Borger, 2003 Winner Medium Business Category.
“I am proud to have received such an honor; particularly in the current environment of questionable ethical business practices throughout the country. I feel this is quite an accomplishment for my staff and myself. The award criteria establishes the "gold standard" for the expectations and service we have always strived to provide to our clients. By receiving this award, we feel we have accomplished just that, and as a result we continue to strive daily to meet that higher "standard of excellence”, Jim Kiper, President of VitAlert/Lifeline, 2003 Winner Small Business Category.
"No greater compliment exists than to be recognized for high ethics and genuine concern for customers," Richard Ware, President of Amarillo National Bank, 2002 Winner Large Business Category.
“I felt very humbled and honored when we received the Torch Award for our small business. We constantly try to improve our relationships with our customers and to provide a positive experience for them every time they come into our business, but you don't always know just how effective you are without feedback. Being nominated was the feedback that we needed to know that we were on the right track and then being selected as a winner cemented that feedback. Our morale is high and we are more determined now than ever to live up to that expectation that comes from being a BBB Torch award winner”, Kevin Ahrens, Owner of Flexo Graphics, 2002 Winner Small Business Category.
"Receiving this award is an incredible honor because to get an award like this you don't have to be the largest or the biggest business, you just have to be an ethical business person. Ethics is important in my business and private life," Cindy Eastland, owner of Hertner's Camera & Digital Imaging, 2002 Winner Medium Business Category.
"This has to be the greatest honor a business can receive", Joyce Stevens, Secretary/Treasurer of Stevens 5 Star Car & Truck Center in Hereford, 2001 Winner Medium Business Category.
“Winning the Torch Award has been the highlight of Critter Camp’s career. We still have clients come in and ask us about it. I highly recommend any reputable business to experience the gratification of becoming a Torch Award Recipient”, Judi Glidewell, Owner of Critter Camp, 2000 Winner Small Business Category.